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Suspending civil aviation traffic in Israel and diverting landings to Cyprus

Suspending civil aviation traffic in Israel and diverting landings to Cyprus

The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority announced the suspension of flights in the midst of missile attacks in central Israel from Gaza.

Suspending civil aviation traffic in Israel and diverting landings to Cyprus


An Israeli civil aviation spokesman, Ofer Lefeller, told AFP that during the intense shooting operations (...) the flights were stopped to protect the country's airspace.


"Sky News Arabia" reported that, on Tuesday evening, air traffic was suspended at Ben Gurion Airport, after missile attacks.


She explained that navigation traffic was suspended at Ben Gurion Airport after the rockets were fired in central Israel, noting that planes were diverted to land in Cyprus.


The authorities have not announced any date for the return to normal shipping traffic in Israel.


Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched a missile strike, the largest, on Tel Aviv and its suburbs, with 130 rockets, in response to Israel's bombing of residential towers in Gaza.


Military sources said that the Iron Dome system responded to dozens of rockets, which were launched from Gaza towards Tel Aviv.


Israeli Channel 12 reported that an apartment building in the Holon suburb was hit by one of the rockets.


Israeli media revealed that an Israeli was killed by a missile in the city of Rishon LeZion, south of Tel Aviv.


Earlier in the day, the Israeli army fired two missiles at a 13-storey tower, in Gaza, from a warplane.


The tower includes an office used by the political leadership of the Hamas movement that runs the Strip.


"During the intense shooting operations (...) the flights were stopped to protect the country's airspace," Israeli civil aviation spokesman Ofer Lefeller told AFP.


The Sky News Arabia correspondent reported that, on Tuesday evening, air traffic was suspended at Ben Gurion Airport, after missile attacks.


Our correspondent explained that navigation traffic was suspended at Ben Gurion Airport after rockets were fired in the skies over central Israel, indicating that planes were diverted to land in Cyprus.


The authorities have not announced any date for the return to normal shipping traffic in Israel.


Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched a missile strike, the largest, on Tel Aviv and its suburbs, with 130 rockets, in response to Israel's bombing of residential towers in Gaza.

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